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One of my favorite memories

Some of my favorite experiences have included getting
lost throughout London. You would be surprised by all the great things
you can find! I want to tell you guys about one event in particular.
It was the day that we all went to St Barts. I really loved going to
that hospital and seeing first hand their own version of a Cardiac
Intensive Care Unit. Before I went to the unit, Dan, Lili and Ellie
and I made plans to meet up at the Tate Modern. So this was the first
place I had gone to without Dan. On the unit I was surprised by the
arrangement of the patients. I had no idea that hospitals still kept
up to six patients in one room! After spending time with a great tour
guide, I was off on my own to find the Tate   Modern!…

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Last day!

January 22nd! So, this entire trip has been very special, but one of the best days I had on this trip was the last day! A little background, I am trying to apply to graduate schools and my favorites so far has been Duke. Well, early on during our trip to London I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for an interview! Laurissa Topelin received one as well! I thought this would be perfect since our trip was supposed to connect in Charlotte, North Carolina. I thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if I could do an in person interview? However, the people at Duke sent me an email stating a phone interview would be better. Fast forward to January 22nd. I’m sitting in the Charlotte airport and I just happen to check my email on Corinne’s ipad and there was a new email from Duke! They wanted to know if I could meet for an in person interview the following morning January 23rd at 10 am. I was shocked. I pulled Dan aside and I told him we needed to talk. I knew this was going to cost us a lot of money but I felt that the benefits of doing an in person interview over a phone interview were substantial. So, we talked to people and google searched and what we discovered was that it would cost us a lot more then we had first imagined. Somewhere around $800 or so. As you can imagine, we had basically given up when all of a sudden a voice came over the loud speaker asking if anyone wanted to delay their flight to Columbus. We hurried up to the podium and I explained our situation. Without blinking this man from US airlines told us he was going to give us a hotel to sleep in for free, a free plane trip home and a flight to Raleigh and back for the interview! Never in my life had I felt so lucky! I immediately started to cry. I couldn’t believe what this man was offering! But it turned out perfectly and I ended up making the interview the next day at Duke. The interview went really well and hopefully I will hear from Duke soon! This trip gave me so many important memories, and even on the last day I was still being amazed. 

First thoughts

This trip has been amazing! As soon as I was on Vince’s coach and
looking at the amazing view I was hooked. I have seen some of the most
beautiful places and had some of the best experiences! I know at first
I wasn’t too excited for this trip, but now I realize how wrong I was.
I love this trip. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about
England! I will say one of the biggest surprises for me has been the
wi-fi. I didn’t bring a laptop and I don’t own an I phone, but from
what I’ve heard the wi-fi is awful! I thought that maybe it would be
better in London, but apparently not. How can one of the most popular
cities in the world not have wi-fi? Interesting. Well, now I’m
learning to type a paper on the President Hotel’s complimentary
computer. And by complimentary I mean 1 pound for 15 minutes. Another
part of the trip that I have enjoyed are the plays. My two favorites
have been the Merry Wives of Windsor and War Hourse. Tonight we just
got back from the Privates on Parade. Once again, like wi-fi, I was a
little disapointed. I thought the main idea of the play was good, but
it wasn’t very easy to follow. I was a little confused a couple times
about what was going on. I guess I had this idea that London was like
New York, but they are different. I have had such a great time on this
trip and one of the places that I absolutly loved was surprisingly the
Roman Bath. I don’t know what it was about that place but it was
really special to me. I could’ve spent all day there. I loved seeing a
place that is not only a natural wonder, but also a historical

Naked Women? What?

I didn’t want to go to England at first. I thought that going to Belize or Argentina would be more exciting. Yet, in a few hours and a couple thousand dollars later, I will be on an airplane to England. The reason I decided to go to England is because my best friends and my husband Dan wanted to go to England. It may sound like a bad reason to want to go somewhere, but not for me. I love to experience life with the people I love. I think it makes your experiences better. This trip is perfect for me because I get to share my experiences with some of the people that matter most to me. I can go to Belize or Argentina in a few years when I have money again.
And now after learning about England I’m honestly really excited for this trip. One of the places I can’t wait to see is the Louvre. I’m minoring in art history because I love art. I love looking at a painting and knowing a little something about the artist and why the painting was painted. Art evolves as its environment changes, so paintings are directly tied to the social issues of the time period. Personally, I think that looking at the paintings in the Louvre would be like reading a story. For example, in the days when women were thought to amount to pieces of property, an artist was not allowed by the law to paint images of naked women. Huh? Then why are there so many historical paintings of naked ladies? Well according to the male painters of the time period, they weren’t painting “real” naked women. The painters would name the naked women in the painting after a goddess’, and thus it was acceptable to gaze at the naked woman because she wasn’t “real.” Sneaky huh? You begin to see paintings of “real” naked women in the early modern art era, which is coincidentally around the time of early women’s rights.
I always planned on going to England someday. I just didn’t realize I would be going so soon. I believe that I’m so lucky. I don’t know many people who get to go on a trip with their best friends and their husband or wife.